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What do we know about Sappho? That she was born sometime around B. Alcaeus calls her ''violet haired, pure, honey-smiling Sappho''; perhaps she looked like the young Elizabeth Taylor.
February 9, by amelo Suppose you reread it. Such simple few lines composed with such few simple words.
Marguerite Johnson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. For those who have read the fragmented remains of the Greek poet, Sappho the loss of most of her poetic corpus is something to regret. With a mere two complete poems extant from nine books of verse, much is left to the imagination in the reconstruction of the output and life of this most mysterious of ancient poets.
Ready, Set, Sign Up! Sappho, the archaic poet from the Greek island of Lesbos, has probably been the most influential female poet in Western civilization, although her life remains an intriguing enigma. In this class, we will read all of Sappho's surviving fragments in English and discuss all aspects of her poetry as well as the traditions referring to, or fantasizing about, her much-disputed life.
His writings acknowledge that the production and consumption of poetry about love are enterprises in which women engage too. In Tristia 3. In a more oblique fashion, he pointedly characterizes various female figures in his epic Metamorphoses as skillful erotic communicators, chief among them Thisbe in Book 4.
Issues of access and datedness aside, this one is likely to be of the greatest interest to readers of this project, not only for the care with which Snyder leads the reader through the meaning of the Greek texts, but due to her overt openness to interpreting the poems within a homoerotic context. In addition to the blogs, check out the podcasts! Snyder, Jane McIntosh. Lesbian Desire in the Lyrics of Sappho.
Wikimedia Commons. Sappho was a Greek lyric poet from Mytilene on the island of Lesbos. Ancient sources state that she produced nine volumes of poetry.
Most of Sappho's poetry is now lost, and what is extant has survived only in fragmentary form, except for one complete poem: the " Ode to Aphrodite ". As well as lyric poetry, ancient commentators claimed that Sappho wrote elegiac and iambic poetry. Three epigrams attributed to Sappho are extant, but these are actually Hellenistic imitations of Sappho's style. Little is known of Sappho's life.